Fifth annual West Coast trade fair and conference honors innovators in FF&E development and presentation, April 5-6, in Los Angeles

Twenty three manufacturers of FF&E and other design elements for hospitality interiors received Best of BDwest Product Design Awards at Boutique Design West (BDwest), held April 5-6 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Six BDwest exhibitors received Best Exhibit honors.

The Best of BDwest Product Design Competition recognizes designers and manufacturers of products introduced to the hospitality design market in the past year that demonstrate functional and aesthetic progress and, above all, innovation in their respective category. Winners are selected by a jury of design professionals and featured in Boutique Design magazine.

The 2017 Best of BDwest Product Design Competition winners are:

Winner: MDC Wall for Zintra Acoustic Solutions


Winner: TorZo Surfaces for Balsa Fusion
Finalist: CPS Garten Corporation for Compact Wood

Winner: Modern HD for Clock Two Carbon
Finalist: JVA Art Group for LIDA (Live Interactive Digital Art)

Winner: room360ç by FOH for Matte Black Stainless Steel Collection
Finalist: JACLO for Exposed Shower system in Matte Black

Winner: Valley Forge Fabrics for Wrigley
Finalist: Fabric Innovations for Custom Throw Blankets
Finalist: P/Kaufmann Contract for Sheer Intuition

Winner: Materials Inc. for Grafix
Finalist: Tai Ping Carpets for Silken Axminster

Winner: Sandler Seating for Marshmallow by Tonon
Finalist: D’style Hospitality Furnishings for Landon End Table

Winner: eos LightPanel Systems for CURVED LightPanel(TM) System
Finalist: HB Lighting for Bulldog Table Lamp

Winner: DEDON for BRIXX
Finalist: Textillery Weavers for recycled sunbrella indoor/outdoor throw blankets

Winner: Maya Romanoff for Cozy Collection
Finalist: MDC Wall for Thom Filicia Collection
Finalist: Sonite Innovative Surfaces for Travel-Custom Bespoke Mural

Winner: SONNY+ASH for Augmented Reality
Finalist: in2green for Stacy Garcia Indoor/Outdoor Throws

This year’s competition was judged by Liza Koeda, Principal, CoberKoeda; Michael Medeiros, Creative Director, KNA Design; and Zara Vardanyan, Interior Designer, DESIGN360unlimited.

“The Product Design Competition depicted one step further to what we call innovative design,” said Koeda. “The latest textures, colors and technologies were introduced in such a clever way to capture depth, and the submissions have pushed the boundary to create new designs that fit today’s lifestyle. Seeing all of these great products takes us to this question– what’s next?”

“We had a record number of entrants this year, and commend our winners and finalists on raising the bar on product design excellence for hospitality application,” said Michelle Finn, president of Hospitality Media Group, producers of the event, and SVP, ST Media Group. “The breadth, product innovation, technological advancements, design form and function was recognized and applauded by our judging committee.”

Additionally, six BDwest exhibitors received Best Exhibit honors at this year’s trade fair. Displays were judged on creativity in design, visual impact, effective and efficient use of materials and the outstanding use of space, color, texture, lighting and graphics.

The 2017 Best Exhibit at BDwest winners are:

Winner: RH Contract
Finalist: Williams Sonoma

Winner: S. Harris/Fabricut Contract
Finalist: Applied Textiles
Finalist: TUUCI

Winner: Poppy

Exhibit judges included Gordana Jordanovska, Owner, Studio GOGA; Rachel McCaslin, Interior Designer, HOK; Katie Novelen, Interior Designer, Tandem; and Roberto Aybar-Imbert, Senior Designer/Project Manager, DESIGN360unlimited.

Exhibit space grew to 40,000 square feet, with 244 participating manufacturers and marketers of furniture, fixtures, lighting, seating, wall coverings, accessories and other design elements for hospitality interiors.

The two-day event featured an expanded conference program with 31 sessions—eight with CEU accreditation—and 100+ speakers; social events presented in partnership with NEWH; a student portfolio review and awards presentation celebrating the Boutique 18 and Up-and-Coming Hoteliers in the design industry; and a hard hat tour of the new InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown at Wilshire Grand Center.

Both awards programs will resume at the eighth annual Boutique Design New York (BDNY), November 12-13, 2017, at New York City’s Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. Information about exhibitors, social events, conference sessions and speakers—as well as attendee registration and exhibitor information—will be available at bdny.com as details are confirmed.

To learn more about exhibiting at BDwest or BDNY, contact Cassie Maurer at 513.263.9316 or email cassie.maurer@stmediagroup.com.